Thanks guys for your replies. I stripped the inlet tube to the water pump. Found 2 quarters + 2 coppers in the "collection well" at the bottom. The real culprit was a large plastic button inside the pump, jamming the impellers. Now, everything is back to normal. I am trying to figure out as to how I can fit a sort of screen filter to the entrance of the water pump, to prevent this happening again. I had an INDESIT washer for 15+ years in England, with no problems. How can coins etc., come through drain pipes from the drum? Thoughtless design?! This has already been done in Europe. Can't People even copy existing designs?